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HER Number:MDV5012
Name:Cairn to north-east of stone row on Walkhampton Common, Walkhampton

Summary

A low cairn with a trench cut through it and now covered by bracken vegetation. Situated on a crest it affords impressive vistas over 270 degrees to the west. Surveyed 2007.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 550 707
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE105
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440327
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/118/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 527
  • Old SAM Ref: 28782

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Fox, A., 1963, Twenty-Seventh Report On Archaeology and Early History, 79 (Article in Serial). SDV124457.

Second of two cairns associated with stone row on Walkhampton Common, circa 20 metres north-east of the first cairn. Recently dug into. Diameter 6 metres.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 174 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visited October 1975) SX 55107080 Cairn with slight hollow at centre, diameter 4m and height 0.2m.
Grinsell lists this cairn as one of two which Fox notes in association with a stone row (see SX 57 SE 104) and having recently been dug into.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE105 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV252734.

(20/05/1980) No cairn could be found 20 yards to the northeast of the row but thereis a cairn 60m. to the northeast at SX 55097080. It is quite circular, 4.7m. in diameter and 0.25m high. It is turf-covered with no particular characteristics save a small excavation hollow in the top.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:2500.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152402 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

At SX55087079 a cairn 800 metres north-east of Horseyeatt forming part of a ritual complex on Walkhampton Common.
(02/02/2000) Diameter 5.5m, height 0.3m. Central pit 2m by 2m by 0.1m deep is filled by a 1m diameter pile of stones. These are turf covered and must therefore have been there for some time. Stones protrude from the cairn and many are edge set suggesting an internal structure to this cairn. Low grass.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 85, Map 45 (Monograph). SDV137656.

A grass-covered cairn 50m to the north-east of the row

Fletcher, M. J., 2007-2008, Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV359195.

(16/06/2007) A low cairn with a trench cut through it and now covered by bracken vegetation. Situated on a crest it affords impressive vistas over 270 degrees to the west Surveyed and investigated at 1:2500 scale.

Newman, P., 2019, An Archaeological Survey of an area of Walkhampton Common, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Appendix, Figure 6 (Report - Survey). SDV363478.

A turf-covered round cairn sited 60 metres north-east of an alignment (MDV12831) on Walkhampton Common. The cairn is not coaxial with the alignment, but slightly offset to the north-west. The diameter varies between 4.7metres and 5.2 metres and the domed mound stands to only 0.4 metres. Several larger stones near the centre of the mound are exposed, suggesting past disturbance.

Newman, P., 2019, Walkhampton Common Survey data (GIS and Excel Spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV363701.

Feature shown on survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1019566 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

This cairn measures 5.5 metres in diameter by 0.3 metres high and a small hollow in its centre suggests partial early excavation or robbing.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 11/10/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

A cairn 20 yards to the north east of a stone row (SX 57 SE 72) and 20ft in diameter. (citing Department of Environment Ancient Monuments Record Form November 1963).
A cairn 5.5m in diameter by 0.3m high with a small hollow in the top . Schedule Amendment, 23/04/2001.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124457Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1963. Twenty-Seventh Report On Archaeology and Early History. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 95. A5 Paperback. 79.
SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 85, Map 45.
SDV252734Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE105. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 174.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152402.
SDV359195Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007-2008. Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019566.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 11/10/2021.

Associated Monuments

MDV5011Related to: Cairn at north-eastern end of a stone row north-east of Horseyeatt, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV12831Related to: Stone alignment 600 metres north-east of Horseyeatt, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8225 - Survey of an area of Walkhampton CommonSurvey of an area of Walkhampton Common
  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Oct 11 2021 10:48AM